Naveen announces Rs 68 cr package for bypoll-bound Pipili-Delanga area
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced projects worth Rs 68 crore for the development of Pipili-Delanga area ahead of the by-election for Pipili Assembly segment in Puri district.
Naveen, through video conference, also talked to the people of Pipili-Delanga area. He said that development of roads and irrigation facilities along with construction of bridges, stadium and bus-stand are included in the package.
Noting that Mahatma Gandhi had visited Berboi of Delanga in 1938, Naveen said his participation in an exhibition of agriculture and village industries are inspiring. “Gandhi’s ideals are important to us for all the time,” Naveen said, adding that the State Government has decided to develop the Gandhi Memorial and establish a model school in Berboi.
The Chief Minister also reiterated that he has focused on the development of villages always, especially on the welfare of women and farmers. “Smile on the faces of poor people gives him satisfaction to the best,” he added.
The Chief Minister also offered his tribute to Pradeep Maharathi, the ex-Pipili MLA, whose demise necessitated by-election in the area. Maharathy was associated with the development of Pipili-Delanga area for more than 30 years, Naveen said.
Many senior leaders, including Planning Board Deputy Chairman Sanjay Das Barma, ministers Samir Ranjan Dash, Tusharkanti Behera, Puri MP Pinaki Mishra and others attended the meeting.
Naveen also virtually distributed ration cards and social security pensions to some people of Pilili and Delanga.
Local BJP leader Asit Patnaik and Congress spokesperson Nishikant Mishra, however, criticised the ruling BJD for announcing the development package for Pipili-Delanga area ahead of the by- polls.
Maharathy, a BJD stalwart and seven-time MLA from Pipili, passed away on October 4, 2020.